Israel news

Eight dead in Israel after bus collision

By Marcus Dysch, February 3, 2015

Eight people are believed to have been killed and as many as 50 injured in a serious road crash in south Israel.

The incident is thought to have involved a collision between a bus, a tractor, and a truck in the Negev.

Magen David Adom ambulances and paramedics, as well as firefighters, were at the scene near the Lahavim junction, and were working to free passengers from the wreckage.


Landau, the interrogator who bridged the divide

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 29, 2015

David Landau, who died on Tuesday aged 67 after a long battle with cancer, was a rare writer and journalist in a country that does not lack for polemicists.

He bridged social divides that to others were uncrossable chasms.


Border clashes as IDF pair killed in ambush

January 29, 2015

Israel has reinforced its units on the northern borders with Syria and Lebanon after a missile attack on army vehicles killed two soldiers on Wednesday.

Hizbollah fired at least five anti-tank missiles at an IDF convoy outside the village of Ghajar, killing Captain Yohai Klangel, 25 and Sergeant Dor Nini, 20. Seven others were wounded.


Party wanted Miss World to attract Knesset votes

January 29, 2015

Parties running in the Knesset elections handed in their lists of candidates ahead of the deadline for registration on Thursday night.

Efforts by some to find attractive candidates at the last moment descended into farce.


Two IDF soldiers killed in clash on Lebanon border

By Marcus Dysch, January 28, 2015

The IDF has confirmed two soldiers were killed and a number of others wounded in an incident on the Lebanese border.

Earlier reports suggested four people had been killed.

An IDF patrol was hit by rocket fire in the Har Dov area. Initial reports suggested anti-tank missiles and grenades had been fired by Hizbollah terrorists on the border.


Former Haaretz editor-in-chief David Landau dies aged 67

By Naomi Firsht, January 27, 2015

Former Haaretz editor-in-chief David Landau died on Tuesday in Jerusalem at the age of 67.

The British-born journalist moved to Israel in 1970 and spent 20 years working at the Jerusalem Post as diplomatic correspondent before becoming as managing editor.


Israel on edge after IDF kills Hizbollah commander

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 22, 2015

An Israeli strike on a group of senior Hizbollah and Iranian officers could lead to an escalation on Israel's northern border, but for now seems to have wiped out a significant part of the Lebanese movement's military command.


As election fight gets digital, Bibi still holds the ace card

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 22, 2015

Eight weeks to the elections in Israel and, while recent polls show Labour - or in its current incarnation with Tzipi Livni's Hatnuah, "The Zionist Camp" - with a small but constant lead of between one and four Knesset seats over Likud, Isaac Herzog still faces a rocky path to forming the next government.

The left-wing Zionist parties, Labour and Meretz, are currently polling together at around


Ties with Asia blossom as Israel's EU rows rage

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 22, 2015

Israel's ties with the Far East are receiving a major boost just as its relations with Europe are becoming ever-more strained.

The arrival of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Jerusalem on Sunday was just the latest sign of this trend.


Multiple casualties after Tel Aviv stabbing spree

January 22, 2015

After a lull of a few weeks, terror attacks resumed in Israel on Wednesday morning when a Palestinian from the West Bank town of Tulkarm boarded a bus in central Tel Aviv and began stabbing the driver and passengers. Eleven commuters and the driver were wounded, four of them in a severe condition.